Born in Tartu, Estonia
Born on April 21, 1912 in Tartu, Estonia. Studied painting at the Art Academy Pallas in Tartu (1934-1940). Escaped to Germany in 1944 from where he went on to Sweden in 1950.
Exhibited in countless exhibitions in Europe, U.S.A., Canada and Australia, including one-man shows in Washington, New York, Stockholm, Munich, Brussels, Rome, Parmas, Helsinki, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Also exhibited with various group shows including Colour and Form in Toronto (1967), EKKT Annual Exhibition (1968), Esto ’72 in Toronto, Royal Canadian Artists in Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario Society of Artists 100 (1972), Biarritz, France (1973), Estonian Arts Council in Toronto (1975), Esto ’76 in Baltimore, in Göteborg and Vancouver (1977), and Esto ’80 in Stockholm.
Recipient of many awards in Europe, Canada and the United States including the Colour and Form Purchase Award (Toronto, 1967), J. Grant Clasco Award, Canadian society of Painters in Watercolour (Toronto, 1967), Gene Morse & Associates Award (Wichita, Kansas, 1970), Medaglia d’argento, Academia Internationale (Rome, Italy, 19790), Purchase Award, Erindale College (Toronto, 1971), Diplome d’Honneur, Salon International (Biarritz, France, 1974), First prize at Baltic Roots Exhibition (Toronto, 1978).
Works are in many collections, art galleries and museumsincluding State Museum of Art in Tallinn and the Tartu Art Museum in Tartu, Estonia; in Germany at the Museum der Stadt in Ulm and the Universa-Haus in Nurmberg; in Sweden at the Örebro Lans Museum, the Smalands Museum, the Statens Konstnämnd; in Canada at the Sarnia Gallery and at Erindale College, University of Toronto, in the United States at Uppsala College and at the Estonian Cultural Foundation in New York.
Author of several books and numerous published articles on Estonian Art; has had many articles written about him in many languages which have appeared in magazines, newspapers and catalogues. Died on November 25, 1983, in Örebro Sweden, but works are still shown after his death, one of the latest exhibitions being at the Tartu National Art Museum.